Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas
Let the Building Be the Sign Let the Building Be the Sign

Let the Building Be the Sign

by Anthony Carfello and Brian Mann

From Missions to Mission-style to Mission-branded cubes: how Taco Bell architecture tells us the history of Southern California. “You let the building be the sign” was architect Robert McKay’s promise. His 1962 roadside masterwork shot up at 7126 Firestone Boulevard in the southeastern L.A. County suburb of Downey. A collage of allusions to California’s twenty-one

The first Taco Bell. Downey, CA, 1962. Photo courtesy of Taco Bell Corp. From Missions to Mission-style to Mission-branded cubes: how Taco Bell architecture tells us the history of Southern California. “You let the building be the sign” was architect Robert McKay’s promise. His 1962 roadside masterwork shot up at 7126 Firestone Boulevard in the

Counterspectacles Counterspectacles

Counterspectacles

by Suzy Halajian

Counterspectacles Asco’s ephemeral actions reconfigured the patterns of public space. Stations of the Cross (1971) was the East Los Angeles collective’s first public spectacle: a walking mural along a one-mile stretch of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, performed on Christmas Eve. It was also Asco’s earliest attempt at reclaiming the streets. The act served as a theatrical, public protest against the

First Supper (After A Major Riot), ©1974, Harry Gamboa Jr. Counterspectacles Asco’s ephemeral actions reconfigured the patterns of public space. Stations of the Cross (1971) was the East Los Angeles collective’s first public spectacle: a walking mural along a one-mile stretch of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, performed on Christmas Eve. It was also Asco’s earliest attempt at reclaiming the